SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Music can be studied at SOAS in either of two BA degree structures: the single'subject ('single honours') BA in Music, or the two'subject ('joint honours') BA in Music and another subject. The two'subject degree allows more scope for studying language or other non'musical aspects of particular cultures. The single'subject degree allows greater concentration on music, including Western music and Performance.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: Sounds and cultures 1: Africa, the Jewish World, West and Central Asia; Sounds and cultures 2: East, South East and South Asia; music and culture; introduction to music analysis; performance; ethnomusicology: themes and variations; urban soundscapes; music and religion in South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music of Korea; musical traditions of East Asia; Indian classical music; the world of Cuban music; composition; gender and music; introduction to sound recording; music, Shamanism and healing; presenting world music on radio; extended essay in music; independent study project in music.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB
  • Course specific

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78% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 63%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 80%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 63%

14% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 15%

Total Coursework: 59%

Total Practical: 26%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation